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EFF Leader Julius Malema Says His Party Wants a South Africa Without Borders

Should the EFF win the upcoming May elections, South Africa will no longer have any borders.

The leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), Julius Malema, said that should his party come to govern South Africa, it will do away with the country's borders. He emphasized that this show of pan-Africanism would aid in eventually putting an end to the xenophobic violence directed to African foreign nationals and foster a sense of unity.


Today, in an interview with political analyst and Radio 702 host Eusebius McKaiser, Malema said:

"Borders will not be there when the EFF is in government...If we speak decolonization of education and other things, that must include the borders...The truth is when we are done fighting the foreigners, there will be a tribal war. There still will not be jobs, you still won't get that woman you want because you will still be afraid to propose."

Malema's comments are in stark contrast to those expressed by the opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), as well as the ruling African National Congress (ANC).

In recent times, the ANC has expressed increasingly xenophobic rhetoric under the guise of wanting to "toughen up measures" against undocumented African foreign nationals. Mmusi Maimane, the leader of the DA, has reasoned that the rampant corruption within South Africa and the illegal movement of large sums of money is precisely because of a lack of proper border control.

Last month, South Africa experienced an eruption of xenophobic violence in the city of Durban where Malawians were physically attacked, displaced from their homes and their businesses broken into and looted.


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Burna Boy, Teni, AKA, Sho Madjozi, Mr Eazi & More Earn 2019 BET Award Nominations

This year's "Best International Act" categories are stacked with some of the biggest names in African pop.

The nominees for this year's BET Awards have been announced, and one again, some of the biggest names in African pop have been named in the " International Act" categories.

This year, Nigerian acts Burna Boy, Mr Eazi have been nominated in the "Best International Act" category. They've each had standout years, with both artists performing at the Coachella Music Festival this year.

They're nominated alongside South African star rapper AKA, who won a Kids' Choice Award earlier this year for "Favorite South African Star," and the French-Malian pop singer and one of OkayAfrica's 100 Women Aya Nakamura. French-Cameroonian and Togolese rapper Dosseh and UK rappers Dave, and Giggs round out the heavily-stacked category.

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This New Documentary Sheds Light On the History of a Beloved Nigerian Staple—Agege Bread

'Fresh Agege Bread' by Chika Okoli's FABA gives us a much-needed insight into the popularity of Nigeria's coveted Agege Bread.

This new documentary following Nigeria's own Agege Bread contributes to the need of preserving and documenting food culture on the continent.

In Fresh Agege Bread, directed and produced by filmmaker Chika Okoli of FABA (For Africans By Africans), we follow food researcher Ozoz Sokoh as she traces the history and popularity of Agege Bread featuring its pioneering bakers, community figureheads and locals. The documentary touches on the rise of the booming product as well as addresses some of the controversies around the health and safety measures applied in the production of this staple.

For Okoli, the inability to find such insights about this significant food in Nigerian culture is what inspired her to develop this documentary.

"Agege Bread is so popular in Lagos but shockingly, there is very little information about it online and the same can be said about other cultural elements that are significant to our way of life," she shares with us.

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amA picture taken on May 17, 2019 in Berlin shows a Stone Cross, a key 15th-century navigation landmark erected by Portuguese explorers, seen at the History Museum in Berlin. (Photo: TOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Germany to Return Stolen 15th Century Stone Cross to Namibia

Germany's Culture Minister says the move is a "clear sign" that the country is committed to coming to terms with its colonial past.

In the latest development in the movement towards African art repatriation, the German government will return a 15th-century Portuguese stone cross that has been in its possession since the colonial era, back to its original home in Namibia.

The cross was a navigation landmark placed on the coastline of present-day Namibia in 1496, before it was taken in the late 17th century under German colonial rule, BBC Africa reports.

The Namibian government put out a request for its return back in 2017, and the request was formally approved today by the Berlin Museum. The cross is set to be returned in August, according to a statement from the museum.

READ: Taking Back Our History: Understanding African Art Repatriation

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